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Better news on Antonio

Exclusive by Hhughie Southon

Michail Antonio is being given a fifty/chance of making the game against Seville despite carrying a “small injury.”

We reported last night that he may be facing a tear in his thigh but the club has since revealed that the injury is not as severe as at first thought.

The player has now been thoroughly scanned and checked out and we were told that he has a 50/50 chance of making the game with a decision due ahead of the game on Thursday.

It’s good news but means that should he make it he will have played six games in a fortnight which at one stage earlier this season would have been unimaginable.

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We were regularly told that with the risk of injury surrounding him three games in a week was too much to expect of the player.

However, with no other natural striker ready for Premier League action he is being forced through game after game which in the long term may prove troublesome.

Should David Moyes choose to rest him or put him on the bench he looks to have only Andriy Yarmolenko or Nikola Vlasic – now fit from a knock – as options.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon